Reducing our day-to-day contact with other people, will reduce the spread of the infection. That is why the States of Guernsey is now introducing three new measures.
- Requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes
- Closing non-essential shops and community spaces
- Stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public
Every Islander must comply with these new measures. The relevant authorities, including the police, will be given the powers to enforce them – including through fines and dispersing gatherings.
Deputy Gavin St Pier, President of the Policy & Resources Committee said:
‘These measures introduce the most far reaching deprivation of personal libertiessince the Second World War. These are not decisions that we have taken lightly. The impact of these decisions are far reaching but I am absolutely certain that it is the right thing to do to protect our community.
Stay in regular touch by ‘phone or video call with friends and family. We willcontinue to update gov.gg so that you have reliable source of facts. This decisiondoes not change my other advice from yesterday: don’t panic; keep calm; stay strong; and maintain good personal hygiene amongst your household.
Rest assured that the whole of government is mobilised to continue to do everything we can to protect you, your families, as well as ours. We will never compromise orrisk that overriding objective.’
Full details of these strict measures are available online at www.gov.gg/coronavirus and will be delivered to all households tomorrow by Guernsey Post.
These measures must be followed by everyone. Separate advice will be available for individuals or households who are isolating, and for the most vulnerable who need to be shielded.
If you start to feel unwell, you should continue to follow the public health advice on how to self-isolate from others within your home call the coronavirus helpline 01481 756938 or 01481 756969. These two numbers will be manned between 8am and 10pm.
Due to the late hour of this direction, it is acknowledged that Islanders will need to complete vital actions in regard to safety, security and contractual obligations i.e. properly securing building sites to make safe for a minimum 2 week period, securing and locking of vulnerable property equipment, Islanders going through the house move on the day of